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The ICO received 11,276 complaints in April 2014, 13,500 in May and 15,890 in June. As well as the TPS and a promise by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to consult with ministers on lowering the threshold for taking action, there's plenty of technology available to help people curb the number of unwanted calls, ranging from blockers which can be fixed to landline phones (try the True Call or Pro Call Blocker, both available on Amazon), handsets such as the BT6500, which allows users to select the type of numbers they want to block including premium, mobile and international calls, to preventative measures that stop your number falling into the wrong hands in the first place."Just about everyone has had a loan in their lives and these firms were targeting just about everyone in the UK," says John Mitchison, the head of the TPS, who describes thousands of call centre workers tearing pages from phone books, making calls and trying to get leads.Today, calls about PPI have calmed down but accident claim companies, lifestyle surveys, computer scams and energy firms still figure highly among complaints made.One was a young, confident fellow adamant that my Windows computer was infected by a virus (I use a Mac). While it's safe to say that this is a first-world problem, 80 per cent of people find such calls to be an annoying interruption, with a third of those surveyed telling Which? For the elderly and vulnerable, they have become a particular problem, despite the Direct Marketing Association launching guidelines in 2012 to help call-centre staff identify people unable to make an informed decision."We had to install call blockers in the homes of two people – one was a man with dementia – because they were receiving a huge number of marketing and sales calls, 70 per cent of them nuisance," says Mike Crockart, Lib Dem MP for Edinburgh West, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nuisance Calls.Five were from companies claiming to represent my mobile phone provider, one of which offered an upgrade deal involving a phone that hasn't even been announced. The official advice for people fed up with unsolicited calls is to add their numbers to an opt-out register run by the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) (uk).